NTP 2018: Government Might Ask Companies to Set Up Data Servers in India by 2022

The government has confirmed to announce the National Telecom Policy 2018 tomorrow, under which it’s going to bring vision on Indian telecom sector until 2022. In the NTP 2018, the government may come up with provisions on data independence and might ask all the companies hosting data of India to set up the servers in the country by 2022. This news was reported by Press Trust of India. “The NTP is being framed with vision to give access of all services to people at click of a button. For most of the things like education, government services and even health people should not need to visit physically. There will be a lot of data generated for all this. Hence, NTP is likely to propose setting up of all servers hosting data of Indian citizens and entities to be kept in local servers by 2022,” sources aware of the matter said to PTI.


This essentially means that the government will limit the telcos and other companies to keep the data of Indian citizens such as messages, emails etc. within the boundaries of the country unless it’s addressed to the people stating overseas. Currently, most of the companies including social media, email firms are using data servers located abroad, even for the emails or messages sent within the national boundary.

“Draft (NTP) will have provision around data sovereignty and stringent framework for data protection in the telecom networks. All ministries are working on their digital program as directed by the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi). Telecom has to be a key enabler of all these processes, and data security is extremely important to support transformation to digital infrastructure,” the report further added.

In recent times, there have been a lot of allegations of misuse of servers located abroad for the surveillance by countries and companies where they are located. This will make the job of Indian consumers a lot easier. It is also reported by PTI that in future, people may apply for passport sitting at their home.

“The revenue department of states are talking about latitude-longitude based identification of houses and lands. When PM talks about digital India, the intent is to give access all permissions, documentation to people without them having to visit offices physically. The NTP will come up with provisions to provide high-speed broadband access for all in the country. It will promote massive optical fibre roll-out in the country along with the use of satellites in remote areas,” the person further added.

“Indians should and will have right to own their data. Big Data analytics will be done within the national boundary and put to use for Indians. The NTP is likely to propose measures to enable this,” he stated.

Aruna Sundararajan, the Telecom Secretary, a couple of days ago confirmed that the National Telecom Policy 2018 would be out on May 1, seeking comments from the public and stakeholders.

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Sunny | Lucknow
May 1, 2018 12:03 pm 12:03 PM

But first the website of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology should start using https instead of current http lol.

May 1, 2018 9:16 am 9:16 AM

Before enforcing such policy they should consult with NASSCOM and industry professionals. This is a huge move if not done right it could have serious repercussions for the IT industry here. Storage and maintenance of data is serious business. Many countries will be losing a lot of revenue if such a policy is enforced. Ensuring data storage in the home country does not guarantee security.

May 1, 2018 12:13 pm 12:13 PM

Shouldn’t they also consult people – whose data is what we are talking about? They should consult us. Not some big shot companies who profit from our data or their industry group such as NASSCOM.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 1, 2018 9:15 am 9:15 AM

They should make it mandatory right from this year instead of waiting for all of them to loot away our payments data.
Off topic: Why is the bozo way down below commenting irrelevant things on this article?

May 1, 2018 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

Or maybe go back to school and learn the difference between “way down below” and “below” and “immediately below”. LOL!!

May 1, 2018 1:54 pm 1:54 PM


Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 1, 2018 1:54 pm 1:54 PM

Talk about relevant stuff regarding the article or other information of telecom sector. Did you want me to mention you too? What’s with the attention seeking antics of Chinese these days on indian sites?

May 1, 2018 2:09 pm 2:09 PM

@GG Someone is chinese because they have dragon in their handle, you are from bangalore because… you have Bengaluru in your handle and your real name is Girish Gowda because that’s what your handle says. Ok. Welcome to the internet, by the way.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 1, 2018 4:47 pm 4:47 PM

A crow might be painted white, but it doesn’t change its real colour from black. Likewise you might have named yourself as Wong, Dong, Kong and I still wouldn’t have called you Chinese if your actions weren’t constantly and relentlessly anti-India and pro-China in every article. All your info you spout here are taken right off of wikipedia and news articles and doesn’t contain one ounce of actual info from the streets of India. Don’t get frustrated because you have been caught over and over again by people. Welcome to the internet, kid.

May 1, 2018 8:44 pm 8:44 PM

@GG anti-India, pro-China — the argument one uses when one can think of nothing for a counter argument. Are you a bhakt by the way? You sound like one!

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 2, 2018 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

Really? Don’t you see the irony in that? And no I voted for your beloved party who is god sent for China.

May 1, 2018 3:17 pm 3:17 PM


May 1, 2018 12:15 pm 12:15 PM

Haha… go back to school, Mr. headmaster!

Sunny | Lucknow
May 1, 2018 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

I always wonder if he suffers from Ghajini type short term memory loss problem.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
May 1, 2018 1:55 pm 1:55 PM

He might be inspired by Ghajini too much as a kid because Ghajini is from TN too and now he is permanently damaged.